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SEA Semester-Summer Program in the Pacific

Program Location Woods Hole, MA, and at Sea,, Multiple Countries
Sponsor Sea Education Association
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30047
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2019 06/10/19 to 08/12/19

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Deadline Returnee Info

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SEA Semester-Summer Program in the Pacific

SEA Semester-Summer Programs in the Pacific

There are two summer program options:

  1. Session 1 - Pacific Reef Expedition (4 credits)
  2. Session II - Protecting the Phoenix Islands (11 credits)

Sea Education Association (SEA) is a recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. For more than 40 years and over one million nautical miles sailed, SEA has educated students about the world’s oceans through its fully accredited study abroad program, SEA Semester.

Sail throughout the last coral wilderness on Earth in order to preserve its future. Join a limited group of students alongside world-renowned experts for an unprecedented scientific research voyage to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Explore the world’s largest – and deepest – UNESCO World Heritage Site while creating a policy plan to ensure its protection. An incredible learning opportunity with amazing networking possibilities.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:Sea Education Association.


SEA Semester-Summer Program in the Pacific

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

No previous sailing experience is required.


  1. Session 1 - Pacific Reef Expedition: there are no prerequisites.
  2. Session II - Protecting the Phoenix Islands: required program classes have several prerequisites. Please see the SEA website for syllabi and prerequisites.


GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Liberal Arts][College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Protecting the Phoenix Islands: Students take three classes during the eight-week summer session, earning approximately 11 credits. Please visit the SEA Semester website for course descriptions, credits, and any prerequisite requirements.

Pacific Reef Expedition:  Students take one 4-credit class during the summer session. Please visit the SEA Semester website for course description. Pre-program online coursework and discussion is required for this class/program.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee below is for the Protecting the Phoenix Islands program and includes: tuition, accommodations, and meals. See the SEA website for more details.

Please visit the SEA website for the fees for the Pacific Reef Expedition program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$15,100.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $3,333.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,800.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$225.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
SEA Semester-Summer Program in the Pacific

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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